12:00 AM, December 10, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:54 AM, December 10, 2018

Final Seat-Sharing: BNP keeps 238, allies get 60

Oli and an independent will not run on 'sheaf of paddy'

The BNP yesterday announced the final list of 298 candidates, including 60 for its allies in the 20-party and the Jatiya Oikyafront.

Two other seats -- Chottogram-14 and Cox's Bazar-2 -- have been kept for Liberal Democratic Party Chairman Col (retd) Oli Ahmed and Jamaat leader Hamidur Rahman Azad.

Oli will contest the December 30 polls with his party symbol “umbrella” while Azad as an independent candidate. All the 298 others will use BNP's electoral symbol -- “sheaf of paddy”.

There are no rebel candidates from the BNP and its allies.

Of the 238 BNP nominees, around 100 are first-time candidates while 16 are women and five from religious and ethnic minorities.

Meanwhile, the party has also finalised three backup candidates for the seats its Chairperson Khaleda Zia sought to run from.

Of them, party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir will run from Bogura-6, Morshed Milton from Bogura-7 and Rafiqul Islam from Feni-1.

It comes a day after the Election Commission rejected all three appeals by Khaleda against the cancellation of her nomination papers by the returning officers on grounds of her conviction in two corruption cases.


Khaleda yesterday moved the High Court against the EC's decision.

Fakhrul and Standing Committee Member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain are the only BNP candidates who are   contesting the election from two seats each.

In case the HC rejects Khaleda's petition, it will be the first time that the BNP would contest the polls without Khaleda, now in jail, since she took the helm of the party in 1984.


In all, 13 political parties are  taking part in the polls with BNP symbol.

Of the 60 seats it left for its allies, Oikyafront got 21 and the 20-party allies got 39. 

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, a key component in the BNP-led 20-party, has been given 22 seats.

Jamaat leaders had sought nomination in 61 constituencies -- 25 with BNP ticket and the rest as independent candidates.

Of the other partners in the 20-party alliance, LDP got five seats, Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Islam four, Khelafat Majlish and Bangladesh Jatiya Party (Zafar) two each and Bangladesh Kalyan Party, Bangladesh Jatiya Party (Partha), National Peoples Party and Labour Party one each.

Among the Oikyafront partners, Gonoforum got seven seats, Nagorik Oikya five, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Rob) five and Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) four seats.

Two seats -- Pabna-1 and Chapainawabganj-3 -- have been kept open for both Oikyafront and Jamaat candidates.

The BNP, which boycotted the 2014 election, had nominated 696 aspirants in 295 constituencies. It had single candidates in only       36 seats, while more than one in the rest.

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